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2013 Honda Fit EV

We have confirmation s from many that 2013 Honda Fit EV is a little car that is fun to drive. this is the electric vehicle we do that the most important are its efficiency and range. According to EPA it 118 MPGe and 82 miles of range per one

Too bad you have very little of buying one.

That s the Honda Fit EV is a compliance car, a built to ensure its maker California rules requiring of a certain number of zero-emission

Quizzed at the introductory drive this week about for the Fit EV, Honda executives said that 1,100 cars be the number it will build and during 2013 and 2014.

It is a vehicle that will let learn about how real-world use electric cars, Honda It will provide data on how need to prepare for and support car sales, and whether there is a sustainable market for all-electric

Would Honda make Fit EVs if demand exceeds its production of 1,100? The answer appears to be no.

The Honda Fit EV goes on sale month in selected California and Portland, Oregon, and will be next spring into East Coast markets as New York, Hartford, Baltimore, and D.C. (That s a tentative Honda said.)

The Fit EV can be leased for $389 a month for 36 (down from the $399 last fall).

It cannot be outright, however, meaning Honda can (and likely take back the cars at the end of the period to avoid the cost of service and spare parts

The Honda Fit EV Concept made its debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Show, and Honda displayed the 2013 Fit EV at last year s LA

The production 2013 Honda Fit EV the electric motor from the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel-cell a much larger car, develops a peak power of 92 (123 horsepower).

Developing torque of 189 lb-ft (256 the motor gives the subcompact Fit EV performance especially in Sport (more on that later). speed is limited to 90 mph.

The lithium-ion battery pack, lithium-titanate oxide cells by Toshiba, is mounted in the floor and the rear seat, cooled via that force air through the itself.

A recharging port on the left front fender is in blue LEDs that up while charging takes

Honda has built in a 6.6-kilowatt meaning that a full recharge can take 3 hours or Honda offers a Leviton 2 home charging station to Fit EV while its Fit EV-authorized dealers can local inspection and installation

In adapting the current Fit, in 2009, to electric drive, focused both on drivetrain and improving the aerodynamics of the subcompact hatchback.

The front and rear fascias and side sill have been reshaped to airflow around and past the and a very different roof has been fitted over the window.

Together, those reduce the drag coefficient by 14 Honda said, making the Fit EV as as a longer (and hence aerodynamic) sedan.

The floor-mounted pack requires the entire car to be half an inch, with plastic trim surrounding the edges to balance the increased

The rear seat also 1.4 inches higher and 3.3 inches with the backrest raked an 4 degrees to provide adequate

A 6-foot-tall man sitting in the back had legroom, but only about 2 of headroom and the rake of the seatback was and, to some, uncomfortable.

the rear seat moved and a flat load floor from the base of the tailgate, volume is somewhat lower that of the standard Fit.

importantly, while the 60/40 rear seatback folds the seat is fixed and no longer down on itself and forward to up the entire rear of the car for cargo.

executives, including Sachito the car s Large Project Leader, that the company s goal was to an electric car that offered electric range, the highest efficiency rating, short time and retained every bit of the Fit s fun to drive personality.

In that, we d say Honda was largely

Like an increasing number of today, the Honda Fit EV offers a of driving modes. The default is with a more powerful mode and a power-saving Eco mode with buttons on the left of the instrument cluster behind the wheel.

Normal mode, provides 75 kW (101 hp) of motor is sufficient for most everyday

Eco mode, on the other hand, restricts output to 47 kW (63 hp), is and frustrating, and will likely be only by the most masochistic dedicated of drivers.

Click the Fit EV Sport mode, though, and the fun increases. It becomes a powerful with lots of torque from rest, and offers the to spin the inside front when accelerating through even uphill.

Honda Sport mode gives the Fit EV performance to that of a gasoline with engines as big as 3.5 liters, it didn t provide acceleration

It did provide the single data that the throttle response and power in Sport mode was than that of a BMW Z4 3.0Si in its own mode.

While we didn t do any timed we d happily take the Fit EV on virtually any of road knowing that mode was there not something we can say every electric car we ve driven.

thoughtfully provided a curving on-ramp on the short, 7-mile route (we did several loops), showed off the Fit EV s ability to accelerate both slow-moving semis and sport utilities with windows and aftermarket wheels.

said using Sport will cut range about 10 while driving in Eco mode can add as as 17 percent to the stated 82-mile (We think it s still not worth it, you re in extremis.)

With a 55-45 distribution (better than the nose-heavy gasoline Fit) and its battery pack, the Fit EV handles and corners flat.

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In head-to-head course comparisons with a Leaf, the electric Honda came out ahead and drove responsively.

The ride is firm, noticeable tire noise on surfaces,

Honda provides a B on the drive selector, which the brake regeneration. In standard D the Fit EV drives like a conventional fitted with an automatic

We spent quite a lot of time in B and can say that it s not nearly as aggressive as modes on other electric particularly the BMW ActiveE and Tesla It allows one-pedal driving of the time, but we still found using the brakes more we would have in one of those

Using B mode also use of the cruise control, which has set to keep the Fit EV at constant speed when heading downhill conventional cars do this as but others don t).

The electric servo system, which uses a force simulator to give feedback, transitioned imperceptibly regenerative and friction braking. driven smoothly, the Fit EV uses its brakes only in hard and below 10 mph to come to a complete

The 2013 Honda Fit EV comes in one Reflective Blue Pearl and one level, which takes a Fit and adds a navigation system rear-view camera, real-time FM and interior fabric made of or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that s sourced from cane rather than

It also adds HondaLink EV the first limited rollout of a that will be introduced more Honda products in the years (we suspect the all-new Accord may be next).

That app allows owners to see such as battery state of charge, and to charging, precondition the cabin while the car is still plugged in, and local charging stations.

The Fit EV comes with a small control that works at up to 1,000 feet. It displays of the same information, and controls of the same functions, as the HondaLink EV

The 2013 Fit EV comes with roadside assistance for the 3-year period, part of what said was its attempt to provide the possible ownership experience for of this new and advanced plug-in

The $389/month lease cost includes collision coverage, an navigation system update, and all

Overall, we liked our drive in the Fit EV a lot. Unless we absolutely more interior room to five passengers, we d likely it over a Nissan Leaf.

And s the problem: Most buyers in electric cars won t have option. Nissan wants to as many Leafs as possible, Honda wants to sell no than 1,100 Fit EVs.

If you re in or Portland, a visit to a Honda certified to offer electric may be in order.

Even if you don t lease you ll likely enjoy the test

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